Don’t fear! I’m here to answer all your questions. One of the most common types of spinning fiber that will be processed is called roving. Roving is carded wool that is a long continuous strand of twisted fiber.
A roving is a long and narrow bundle of fiber or fibre. It is used to spin wool yarn. A roving can be created by carding the fiber. Because it is carded the fibers are not parallel. Roving that is not twisted is called a sliver (pronounced SLYver).
The first picture on the right is Llama roving.
A batt is a wider than roving, rectangular and made from a drum carder.
A rolag is a roll of fiber made from hand carders and generally used to spin woolen yarn. A rolag is created by carding the fiber using handcards and then by gently rolling the fiber off the cards. If it’s properly prepared a rolag will be uniform in width distributing the fibers evenly. A combed top is another type of long, continuous strand of fiber. The difference is that instead of being carded it is combed with all the short hairs have been removed to create a smooth fiber.
Animal fibers have traditionally been used to create rolags but today’s yarn spinner uses many different materials including synthetic and even plant fibers – like bamboo.
Either one you pick will give you some very beautiful yarn. Stay tuned for more fiber spinning related articles. I’d sure like to hear from you if you also dye and spin your own yarns. If you visit Misfit Yarns you’ll see some of my work. Naughty Knitterz will soon be displaying some of my work on a newly created Yarn & Fiber Shop page. No matter if you spell it fiber or fibre you’ll find it there.
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Spin & Grin you Naughty Knitterz!
Source: Start Spinning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn, Maggie Casey, Interweave Press, 2008. Pictures taken by Michele Grim.